Local News

  • County observes National Breastfeeding Month

    Jefferson County is observing National Breastfeeding Month in August by making sure working mothers know their rights and that employers know what steps they should take to accommodate their employees.

    On Aug. 4, Jeffco’s county commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing the importance of breastfeeding; the rights of new mothers who are back at work; and the benefits to businesses that accommodate new mothers.

  • Littleton Fire Rescue to take over coverage of TrailMark neighborhood

    Littleton Fire Rescue will take over providing fire and emergency medical services to the TrailMark at Chatfield neighborhood from the West Metro Fire District in 2016.

    TrailMark is part of Littleton and is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard southwest of Chatfield Reservoir. The area had been covered by Littleton Fire Rescue until 2013, when the city contracted with West Metro Fire for $300,000 annually to cover the neighborhood.

  • West Metro Fire Rescue seeks input from residents

    West Metro Fire Rescue is hosting a series of community meetings this month to help shape the organization’s 2016 strategic plan and to hear how residents are reacting to cuts made this year after a failed mill-levy election.

    The meetings throughout West Metro Fire’s coverage area will give the organization a chance to connect with residents outside of everyday operations, said West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

  • Apartment fire displaces 14 families

    A fire Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex near Southwest Plaza mall displaced 14 families and sent one person to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

    The fire at The Dakota at Governor’s Ranch apartments, 9023 W. Cross Drive, started on a second-floor balcony in one of the complex’s buildings, said West Metro Fire spokeswoman Ronda Scholting. 

  • Girl escapes attempted kidnapping near Idledale

    A 16-year-old girl reported an attempted kidnapping Thursday afternoon near Idledale, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office release.

  • Missing South Jeffco girl found safe

    A South Jeffco teen who apparently ran away from home in the early-morning hours Tuesday has been found safe and is being reunited with her family.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter feed about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday that the 15-year-old girl was found near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. She had been discovered missing at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday from her home in the 9100 block of West Chatfield Drive, southeast of West Chatfield Avenue and Kipling.

  • Increase proposed in dog-licensing fee

    An increase is being proposed in Jeffco’s dog licensing fees to address a budget shortfall at Foothills Animal Shelter.

    A proposal to be voted on Aug. 4 by the county commissioners would boost the annual licensing fee for a spayed or neutered canine to $20 from $15. Spayed or neutered animals represent the vast majority of pets that are licensed. Dogs that are not altered now cost $30 to license.

    The county requires all dogs to be licensed. There is no requirement for cats or other pets to have a license.

  • Negotiations on teachers' contract stalled

    The negotiating teams for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union are each waiting for the other side to make the next move after bargaining stalled two weeks ago over contract length.

  • School board recall organizers exceed signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.

  • Bike race to roll through downtown Littleton

    Nationally ranked cyclists will cruise downtown Littleton streets on Saturday, Aug. 1, as part of the Littleton Twilight Criterium.

    The race, in its third year, will have cyclists zipping through a 1.3-kilometer course that loops through historic downtown at speeds close to 40 mph.

    This year’s race is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is part of the Professional National Criterium Calendar, said Becky Motchan, marketing and event coordinator with the city. That means professional bicycle teams from across the country will be coming to Littleton to compete.